Long post, TL;DR provided.
With the insanity & pandemonium relics has brought to the game this week, I'm more curious (& probably also concerned) than ever about what we've got coming up in the next few months. Even with more prequel content coming up soon, & being as prepared for that as I can be, my sights are more set on the sequel content we have coming with the release of Episode 9 -- plus maybe delayed Last Jedi stuff. So I'm curious as to how everyone else is preparing for any & all of that, & if people are feeling any particular tremors in the Force they are guiding your farming/grinding.
Personally, I've got all of the First Order (with the exception of SFTP) at gear 12, almost all zetas, & most of the Resistance at gear 12, almost all zetas. Still gearing up Rose & Holdo, having them up there & ready should they be required for anything, which I feel would be a decent tactic on CG's part, since many players wouldn't touch those characters with a 12-parsec pole. Debating on exactly how far to take them, but I'll probably preemptively take them up to 10 or 11 & have the gear ready for more if they need it. I also have the resources to gear 13 several of the big Resistance/FO players, like JTR & KRU, but haven't pulled the trigger just yet. Which brings me to...
My concern & at this point legit fear is with the ceiling having been raised recently with Gear 13 & now Relics, that most of the new Legendary/Journey/Epic Confrontation content will be gated potentially all the way up to that level. Gear 12/zetas/GP minimum requirement events could be difficult enough in some past events, but with so much having happened in the last month or so, characters (& therefore necessary grinding) have grown almost exponentially in power since our last big event. So like I said, I can take several to G13, throw in a couple relic levels, but I don't know about a whole faction or two... I'm a newly-wed who is keeping a close eye on the finances, so if that means I don't get whatever it is first-round, that's ultimately fine, hardcore bummed though I'll be, but I obviously wanna be as prepared as I possibly can be, because I am really hyped about sequel content, & despite concerns with the game this week, I'm sure the devs have some exciting stuff coming up for us.
And as a random thought, we may also want to consider the influx of players that will be coming into the game around that point. Any of that content (aside from possibly some marquees) almost certainly won't be accessible at all to new players, obviously, but if the new content is impossible to get except for by the Krakens, then the usual, ever-increasing community uproar may reflect somewhat poorly on so many new players. ...But then again that might not be a factor whatsoever. Whatever it is, I'm hyped, I wanna stay that way, & I PRAY that every bit of this content isn't an impossible, Kraken-exclusive Epic Confrontation. Or Legendary Confrontation. Who knows. Not to give the devs any ideas or anything... /wink
TL;DR: What are you guys' theories for Episode 9 content? How are you preparing, if at all? Gear 13-ing JTR, BB-8, KRU? Which toons are you focusing on in general? Weak theory in that they did happen to show them taking a JTR to 13 as their example character in that great relic video they posted the other day. Coincidence?
And bonus question, who do you think we'll see? Surely for sure another Journey event with Jedi Rey or something. Supreme Leader Kylo is also basically a guarantee. Plus probably Knights of Ren, & maybe super delayed Praetorians?